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TI's SimpleLink connects everyday objects with Wi-Fi

1/18/2012 06:01 PM EST
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joes8888
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joes8888   1/18/2012 6:56:34 PM
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Well put, Sylvie.

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joes8888   1/18/2012 7:00:07 PM
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I love how TI calls this "off-the-shelf". Hello, it's still an ASIC! Not like I'm going to go to Home Depot and buy a couple to network my fridge... :-)

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gsdg90   1/18/2012 7:08:49 PM
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Joe, Compared to the options just a few months ago for embedded WiFi integration, this is as good as something you'd buy at Home Depot!

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gsdg90   1/18/2012 7:04:07 PM
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Its about time! This new generation of very small stand-alone MCM's (Red Pines also makes one) makes it much easier to incorporate WiFi into embedded devices. Previously, we had to either deal with Linux (MAJOR annoyance!!!) or use large and bulky devices. I look forward to using this module in combination with a Stellaris micro controller.

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docdivakar   1/18/2012 10:45:09 PM
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@gsdg90: I think TI beat others like STM and Marvell (in addition to Red Pine you cited) to the punch, figuratively speaking! I understand they are working on providing solutions for internet of things. In fact, EE Times did a story in 2011 on Marvell's SEP: http://www.eetimes.com/design/smart-energy-design/4229848/SEP--Smart-Energy-Profile--2-0-Uncovered MP Divakar

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parity   1/18/2012 8:00:31 PM
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The day is close where every man can put a web-cam on his dog Fido and hook'em to the internet with their own sound activated Twitter account and live stream to Fido's Facebook page. This is on big group of yet untapped users for Facebook - WiFi enabled PETS !! Quick, I need to file a patent before Zuckerberg claims it was his idea...

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DrFPGA   1/18/2012 9:26:14 PM
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How about a solution that just uses an SPI or I2C port on either side and wireless in between? Is that what this thing does?

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y_sasaki   1/18/2012 10:15:57 PM
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You can get overview of CC3000 in TI's wiki website. http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/CC3000_Wi-Fi_for_MCU Though the primary interface is SPI, I don't think it is SPI-WiFi-SPI bridge. I guess there might be simple commands (set SSID, set WEP key, send packet, etc) defined on SPI so your MCU can exchange packets over WiFi network.

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mkurtz   1/18/2012 11:54:50 PM
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@Dr DSP and @y_sasaki, the CC3000 uses SPI to interface to the microcontroller inside the system. You can learn more about the architecture as well as the APIs at the wiki link shown above...

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joyhaa   1/19/2012 4:16:59 PM
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this is not new, wireless-uart has been here a for long while, though it uses UART as the interface

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Bob Lacovara   1/18/2012 11:28:08 PM
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Depending on the price, it's a nice way to get all sorts of little things connected. I'd love to be able to routinely have a look at the house thermostats. It's also likely to be cheap enough to get my wireless barbeque thermometer off the RF link it's using, and onto the house network. The folks interested in smart appliance control need a really inexpensive solution... few white good manufacturers want to add dollars to their cost... nickels are more like it. My washer and dryer have a certain amount of internal diagnostics, but entering the diagnostic code enables involves dialing the controls back and forth... a nuisance. Would be much nicer to just look at the machine from my computer. Lots of applications here if the connection is easy, fast and cheap.

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Happy Heyoka   1/19/2012 1:52:36 AM
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"Embedded IPv4 Network stack" = fail

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elPresidente   1/19/2012 12:50:28 PM
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This

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Luis Sanchez   1/19/2012 6:41:43 AM
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Interesting... why not mention the cost per the thousand chips? I've always day dreamed with the coffee machine that IM's every guy in the office when the coffee is ready! Seems that the internet of things will be possible when cost of chips and ease of development are brought to a fair level. To think of connecting household appliances and everyday common machines seems more of an enhancement and not something strongly required. As mister's Lacovara's opinion, being able to see your laundry machine's diagnostics through your computer removes a nuisance from your daily routine... however... in the mean time we cope with such small nuisances at the expense of just a small amount of time.

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Bob Lacovara   1/19/2012 4:29:03 PM
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Luis Sanchez: right you are--cost is a big factor here, particularly since a lot of the applications seem to be merely convenience functions. I'm not against convenience, but I'll only pay so much to not have to dial in a weird code to my washing machine. After all, how often do I have to do it? Another issue, also, is that I really, really don't want this information going outside my home. These devices will all be connected through my router, and that's good for me as long as the data stays there. I don't need an information harvesting 'bot to take up residence in one of my machines or my router (or be put there by a chip manufacturer) to feed data on my home routine to anyone. I can think of all sorts of reasons to be paranoid about that.

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prabhakar_deosthali   1/19/2012 1:42:20 PM
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isn't this internet of things going to overload the cloud servers with a lot of non-sense information? The baggage will soon become too heavy and the more important transaction oriented communications will get affected. That is what I fear!

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David Ashton   1/19/2012 7:57:05 PM
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I think the theory is that "things" will send a very small amount of data, not very often. So, like SMSs on Cellphone networks, the increase in traffic will be quite small compared to normal network traffic.

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t.alex   1/19/2012 2:40:32 PM
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I think this should come with TCP/IP stack right? Soon your dishwasher may get hacked!

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joyhaa   1/19/2012 7:39:45 PM
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this is nothing new, i.e. spi-based low-power wifi for MCUs, the key is that: how low power it can go? more important: how expensive is it

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rstraten213   1/19/2012 9:01:51 PM
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War is over. In the domain of Consumer Electronics it will probably kill other Wireless Technologies like Zigbee. Good thing or not? Now we can re-think operability. I like it. Still have to check the data sheet, BOM and software effort but it looks like no need no more for "Linux like systems" or Multi Chip Modules to do WiFi.

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rhusain0   1/19/2012 10:25:14 PM
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looking for a low cost wifi enabled garage opener... quick patent it and then sell it for under $20 use cellphone app as garage opener millions of customers.

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sharps_eng   1/19/2012 11:09:19 PM
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Finally its time to go read a datasheet on embedded wifi! Previous solutions never seemed to cut it.

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tb1   1/20/2012 11:58:56 PM
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This would be great to control my sprinkler system. I could go onto my computer and program or adjust the watering times. You could even have a script that checks the weather online and adjusts the watering schedule accordingly.

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NaliniKumarMuppala   1/21/2012 10:21:36 AM
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TI is on the right track by betting on WLAN for such needs, Cellular connectivity is an overkill for most such needs. What is needed to get Things off the ground is integration into a platform where such devices can be interacted with. Existing platforms such as Android, iOS are good candidates. The interface needs to be a handheld device such as a smartphone or a tablet; not necessarily a laptop/desktop computer.

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